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News Item – ‘Bed blockers’ costing Ottawa hospitals millions

On a typical day, Ottawa hospitals spend more than a quarter of a million dollars caring for patients who are occupying beds they don’t really need.

Over the course of a week, the cost of caring for those so-called “bed blockers” — patients who should be receiving a more appropriate level of care elsewhere, but who are left languishing in hospitals because they have nowhere else to go — amounts to nearly $1.8 million.

Full article at: CBC News


News Item – Provincial government announces Ottawa Health Team, first in Ontario

The first Ontario Health Team, the program introduced by the provincial government to replace the Local Health Integrated Networks, was announced by the Minister of Health in Ottawa on Friday.

The team, known as the Ottawa Health Team, is one of 24 new groups that are charged with implementing a new model of organizing and delivering health care in communities across the province.

Full article at: Global News


News Item – Introducing ‘Tip-Tap’ Waterloo’s new sci-fi tech for surgeons

A research team from Waterloo hopes its newest wearable tech could soon be helping surgeons in the operating room.

The “Tip-Tap” looks like something from the sci-fi movie Minority Report — metal tags worn directly on the hand, or in gloves, which let users operate a computer interface by touching together their finger and thumb.

Researchers say, it could even be incorporated into the disposable gloves surgeons use, allowing them to access things like x-rays or planning diagrams in an operating room, without having to touch anything.

Full article at: CBC News


News Item – Ontario government starts merging health agencies

Ontario is starting to merge the province’s major health agencies such as Cancer Care Ontario and eHealth under one umbrella and firing the CEOs of nine Local Health Integration Networks.

Those CEOs will receive a total of $3 million in severance.

The province’s 14 LHINs and six health agencies will be consolidated into a new super agency called Ontario Health for an estimated $350 million a year in savings.

Full article at: Global News


Press Release – Canada’s patient safety performance below OECD average

Canada’s health care systems fare well in some areas compared with other OECD countries, particularly in quality of care. However, there are a few areas where we are falling behind — especially when it comes to patient safety.

New data released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows that Canada’s overall performance aligns with the international average for 32 out of 57 health indicators, but that we are below average for 12 indicators and above average for 13.

Full article at: Canadian Institute for Health Information


News Item – New remote robotic brain surgery could revolutionize aneurysm, stroke treatment

Doctors at a Toronto hospital have performed what they’re calling the world’s first neurovascular surgery using robotics, a procedure that could open the door to heightened levels of precision and improved care for patients in remote communities.

The procedure was performed on Nov. 1 at Toronto Western Hospital to treat a patient who suffered a major aneurysm, a potentially lethal bulge of a blood vessel in the brain.

The complex operation to remove the aneurysm was performed via a remote-controlled robotic arm, which helped the surgeons guide a catheter to the patient’s brain from a single incision made near the groin.

Full article at: CBC News


News Item – Ontario announces new $60M facility for brain and mental health at Sunnybrook

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott announced on Monday the government will be investing $60 million to support the construction of a new “state-of-the-art facility dedicated to brain and mental health.”

The Garry Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre will be built at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto.

Full article at: Global News


News Item – Yukon doctors see untapped potential in ‘virtual care’

Yukon doctors are learning about ways to incorporate more “virtual care” into their practices this weekend — essentially, working with patients other than face-to-face.

It could be a simple phone call, or remote video imaging, or listening to a stethoscope over the Internet.

“It’s going to be an opportunity for all the physicians across the Yukon to get together and talk about the potential we see for this, for our patients here,” said Dr. Katharine Smart, incoming president of the Yukon Medical Association (YMA) which is hosting the “virtual care summit” in Whitehorse.

Full article at: CBC News


News Item – Long-term care waiting lists will grow despite additional new beds: Ontario’s fiscal watchdog

The Ontario government’s plan to add 15,000 new beds to the long-term care system won’t be enough to stop wait lists from growing, the province’s fiscal watchdog said Wednesday.

A new report from Financial Accountability Officer Peter Weltman said wait lists are projected to peak at 40,200 people next year, dropping to about 37,000 once the new beds come online in 2023-2024.

But Weltman said the province’s aging population will outpace the growth rate of the new long-term care beds, a fact that will hamper the government’s ability to make good on a pledge to end hospital over-crowding.

Full article at: Global News


Press Release – WHO expert panel on digital health meets for first time

The two-day meeting at WHO’s headquarters in Geneva led to an agreed action plan to focus the expert group’s activities and priorities over the next two years. Meeting focused on better defining WHOs role in supporting global digital transformation. Topics included:

  • Developing a global framework for WHO to validate, implement and scale up digital health technology and solutions.
  • Recommendations for safe and ethical use of digital technologies to strengthen national health systems by improving quality and coverage of care, increasing access to health information.
  • Advice on advocacy and partnership models to accelerate use of digital health capabilities in countries to achieve better health outcomes.
  • Advice on emerging digital health technologies with global reach and impact, so no one is left behind.

Full article at: WHO


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